2011 United Kingdom Diesel Market Share Hits Record 51%

By Paul Riegler on 25 January 2012
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While the market share for diesel in the U.S. is roughly 3% and Germany’s is 49%, there is at least one country where more buyers choose diesel than anything else.

According to figures provided by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the market share for diesel-powered automobiles in the United Kingdom in 2011 was a record 50.6%.  This represents a substantial increase over 2010, when the figure was 46.1%.

A total of 981,594 diesels were sold in 2011.  Sales in 2010 were 936,406.

Alternate-fuel vehicles (AFV) also recorded record sales. Total sales of AFVs were 25,456, or 1.3%, up from 1.1% in 2010.

For the first time, sales of gasoline-powered cars dipped below the 50% mark to 47.6%

Another bright spot for eco conscious buyers: average new car CO2 emissions fell to a new low of 138.1g/km in 2011, down 4.2% from the 2010 level.

Overall, sales in the UK were down 4.4% but Paul Everitt, the SMMT’s chief executive, said that “significantly improved fuel efficiency and exciting new technologies” should help the auto industry rebound by 2013.

The SMMT is the voice of the UK’s automobile industry, promotes the industry to government and media, and collects and distributes market data including new-car registrations